How to introduce Ramadan to my non-Muslim friend?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Thank you for your good question. Ramadan Mubarak!

In fact, Ramadan is a time for building strong relationships with all fabrics of our society. You may share with your friends and members of the society some basic meanings of fasting, which may include:

1- Fasting in Ramadan, in fact, connects Muslims with fellow faith communities. God speaks about fasting, saying, {O believers! Fasting is prescribed for you—as it was for those (faith communities) before you—so perhaps you will become mindful ˹of Allah˺.} (Quran 2:183)

Thus, Islamic fasting brings faith communities closer, even if their ways of fasting are different.

2- Islamic fasting implants on Muslims the care and concern about all, especially those who are in need. When Muslims fast in Ramadan by leaving their food and drink during the daytime, they feel the pains of hunger and thirst; therefore, they feel the pain of those who are less fortunate in our society.

3- Fasting teaches Muslims to be honest and faithful. When Muslims observe Ramadan fasting, no one can really know those who are truly fasting or not except Allah because fasting is a hidden act of worship. In this way, fasting trains Muslims to be honest and faithful, and never to show the opposite of what is in their hearts.

4- Fasting helps the Muslim to maintain self-control and self-discipline. When Muslims fast in Ramadan, they willingly leave their food and drink for long hours; this may help them get accustomed to observing self-control and self-discipline.

5- Ramadan fasting teaches Muslims the meaning of sincere and true love. When Muslims observe fasting, they should do it only out of deep, true love for God.

6- Fasting equips us with a creative sense of hope and optimistic outlook of life. This is because when we fast, we maintain hope to please God and seek His grace.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds, ameen.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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